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When it comes to makeup, we all have our moments of “No way am I trying that.” But 2014 is Go Time. Whether you leave bright lips to others or cringe when faced with liquid liner, this is the year we challenge you to face your makeup phobias. Step up to the plate and give these a try—you may just find your new confidence-boosting look.
Despite being a classic one-swipe-and-you’re-done look, many people often shy away from red lipstick. Well, we’re here to tell you this look works on just about everyone, regardless of skin or hair color. Still skeptical? Go for a transparent formula like Jouer’s SPF 15 Lip Sheer in St. Barths. If you’re ready to really go for it, find the shade that’s right for you in Jouer’s Perfect Red Collection.
As observed during Fashion Week, metallics are both modern and chic. And the trend isn’t reserved for risk takers—a conservative swipe of a shimmery liner can add an unexpected soupçon of sophisticated fun to any look. Beginners should stick to pearly shades like Pixi Beauty’s Lid Last Shadow Pen in Gilded Mink; once you fall in love, try Eyeko’s Liquid Metal Liner in Rose Gold.
Highlighters do exactly what they say they’re going to: call attention to your favorite features. And who doesn’t want that? Chella’s Highlighter Pencil can be used a whopping ten different ways. As one Birchbox Shop review points out, “The possibilities are endless!” This slideshow will help you find the techniques that work for you.
Gone are the days of ink pot-mimicking liquid eyeliner packaging. The new liners come in easy-to-control pens that make drawing the perfect line a total cinch. We love Cynthia Rowley Beauty’s Liquid Liner for crafting a sexy cat-eye look. Check out our tutorial if you’re still feeling shaky.
If you love the brows on babes like Brooke Shields and model Cara Delevingne but don’t want to end up looking like Frida Kahlo, try incorporating a few subtle tools for filling in and defining your arches. If you’re growing yours out, fill in gaps with the Instant Brow Pencil from Benefit. Once your brows are where you want them to be, try Benefit’s Gimme Brow to tame and define with its tinted, gel-like formula.
This sexy staple is easier to replicate than you think. What you’ll need: A charcoal liner like Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Smoke, dark-colored shadow (try plum for a fun update), and mascara. Watch Birchbox staffer Deepica take you through an easy day-to-night look with the help of her Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeshadow Palette.
If you’re curious about colorful lashes, 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Blueberry is a great place to start. Natural fruit pigments give this mascara a low-key, blue-black shimmer—adventurous enough for a night out but still subtle enough for daytime at the office.
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Special offer: Use promo code CRSUB to get a FREE Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner in Black Ink—a Birchbox exclusive ($18 value)—when you purchase a women's subscription. But hurry, quantities are limited!